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  • Whalers of the Midnight Sun  – Alan Villiers [A Fiction Based on His Experiences] – 1964

    Whalers of the Midnight Sun – Alan Villiers [A Fiction Based on His Experiences] – 1964

    Maritime hero Alan Villiers brings his undoubted experience to this adventure book aimed at young boys.

    A new edition and first of its type, Angus and Robertson 1964. Octavo, 248 pages with ten full pages illustration from woodcuts by Charles Pont. A little aging to page edges and gift inscription back of half title, nice bright jacket, all up a pretty good copy.

    Endpaper maps of the voyage from Hobart, Tasmania down to Macquarie Island; the Balleny Islands; the Ross Sea; Grahams Island before heading north to Montevideo.

    A Norwegian expedition picks up some extra crew at Hobart, a motely band of youths and a stow away, little Alfie, who appears at Macquarie Island. Adventure ensues.

    Alan Villiers, a yarn about Whaling, from personal experience.

    $35.00

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  • A Journey to the Interior of the Earth – Jules Verne – c1905

    A Journey to the Interior of the Earth – Jules Verne – c1905

    Jule Verne classic published by Ward Lock, London, early 20th century, likely pre-WWI. Part of the “Lilley series” – with catalogue at rear indication forty volumes available and another ten in preparation which appears circa 1905. Octavo, 256 pages.

    Lovely pictorial image pasted to front board, with “framing” decoration, which is repeated on the spine. The aforesaid image is repeated as a frontispiece. Some foxing to title and page edges. Generally, given the excellent covers, still a good to better copy for its age.

    Often Journey to the “Centre” here the ”Interior” but we still come out in Iceland, where else? Another slightly unusual translation which adds to the fun.

    Century old Jules Verne – off into the Centre (Interior)

    $80.00

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  • A Journey to the Interior of the Earth – Jules Verne

    A Journey to the Interior of the Earth – Jules Verne

    Jule Verne classic published by Ward Lock, London, published 1967. Octavo, 192 pages.

    Our favourite, more modern edition with the super dust jacket. Illustrated internally with line drawings. Very good condition.

    Often Journey to the “Centre” here the ”Interior” but we still come out in Iceland, where else?. Translates for the young in mind, the style of translation as usual, unusual and leads to a bit adult amusement.

    Verne – at the interior Centre

    $45.00

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  • Boronia Babies – May Gibbs – First Edition -1919

    Boronia Babies – May Gibbs – First Edition -1919

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney no date but 1919 and a First Edition.

    Original wrapper with orange cord, 18 pages. Colour pictorial overlay to front of a lovely Boronia Baby.

    Illustrated with coloured frontispiece and 11 full page black and white illustrations.

    Neat gift inscription on the page dedicated for that purpose. Very nice condition.

    Reference authority Muir 2740.

    May Gibbs original – beautiful Boronia Babies

    $160.00

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  • Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson – 1929 Edition

    Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson – 1929 Edition

    The full title of the book is “Tarka the Otter: His Joyful Water-Life and Death in the Country of the Two Rivers”

    First published in 1927, early editions are very valuable. This is sixth edition or ninth impression of September 1929. Rarely found in its dust jacket. The fourth edition onwards included a few revisions following the suggestions of T.E.L. – see more later.

    Published by Putnam’s London, the original publisher. Octavo, 255 pages, with some age but still very good.

    A highly influential novel and Williamson’s best known work. Won the Hawthornden Prize in 1928. Describes the life of ab otter who lived in the countryside around the River Taw and River Torridge in North Devon. Tarka means “Wandering Stream”.

    Putnam had sent a review copy to T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) who had responded with a typically thorough, no punches held, response. Putnam sent this on to Williamson who, despite the criticisms, established a friendship with Lawrence [see our copy of Threnos for T.E. Lawrence by Williamson].

    Tarka is a really super book and is up there with the best of British novels that draw on the rural environment.

    Sought after Tarka down by the Two Rivers.

    $90.00

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  • Australian Vintage Children’s Puzzle Blocks – c1920’s

    Australian Vintage Children’s Puzzle Blocks – c1920’s

    A nice set with six (obviously) pictorial puzzles to solve. Produced in Australia with artwork by “T and C Print”. Nice condition and a lovely example of the challenges that children were given before the iphone and a lot more.

    Stress free (for you) educational puzzle for the very young – a future treasure to be handed down …

    $90.00

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